As a life-long martial artist, you can bet that Swordsman is relevant to my interests. The team at Perfect World have unveiled three of the ten classes of martial artists that’ll be available at launch later this year. I suspect one of them just might surprise you.
Wu-Tang: These masters of Taoism combine inner force and physical strength to become superb group fighters. Swinging heavy two-handed blades with ease, masters of the Wu-Tang styles supplement their raw physical damage with effects that buff and heal themselves and their entire group.
Sun and Moon: The heretical disciples of the Sun and Moon Cult become deadly assassins with high mobility and heavy damage. Armed with twin blades linked by chain, many of their skills focus on single targets and let them attack in close quarters or at range. Their sinister powers can steal away the life force of enemies, distributing it to the cultist and their group.
House Tong: Unlike the other schools, House Tong members rely on guns rather than blades. A family-like school, famous for their firearms and throwing weapons, House Tong members use traps to keep enemies at distance and attack from afar. These masters of firearms provide excellent damage in group combat situations, and with high attack speed and quick movement, the House Tong skills will frustrate any enemy.
One of those houses “ain’t nuthin to f*ck with!”, or so I’m lead to believe. The trailer above is the first real gameplay reveal we’ve seen for the free-to-play game, showing off some of the fast and furious swordplay since it was first revealed at E3 of 2010. I think it’s shaping up awful well, but I’ll let you be the judge – you can apply for the Closed Beta and try it for yourself.